Setup and Use
Before digging in with the P-touch PT-1400, one should spend some time consulting the user's guide. This is not because the device is so complicated, but because there are features on the machine that you're not likely to discover on your own.
Designing and printing one's label starts by selecting a "Label Type" mode. This is done by pressing the On/Off power switch and then pressing the "Label Type" button. Several modes are offered.
Normal/Vertical is for normal printing lengthwise or vertically. Rotate Mode and Rotate & Repeat are cable and wire-wrapping modes. The text is printed sideways with a specific length either once at the beginning or with the text repeating for the entire length. Flag Mode is another cable or wire wrapping mode. The text is printed near each end of the tape with a center mark between them. The center of the tape is pressed against the wire and then the ends, which bear the labels, are pressed together to create a flaglike effect. Port and Panel Mode are related. Port prints individual labels for items that may be irregularly spaced, such as the different ports on the back of a PC. Panel modes prints several equally spaced labels on the same tape and is useful for something like a row of switches or fuses.
The various modes have various properties or options. For example, for Flag Mode, one can also select flag diameter, flag length, label frame (none, outline rectangle, thick rectangle, thin oval, thick oval), and rotation. (To access these properties, press the Enter key after you’ve selected the mode.)
In the area of text formatting, the default is to try to print in the maximum width for the size of the tape and the number of lines desired. However, much more custom control is offered. You can set things like character size, width, or style.
The PT-1400 has a 2,000 character memory for your saved labels. These are lost if the batteries are completely depleted, so one might consider purchasing the optional AC adapter if the P-touch is going to be extremely programmed and customized. The manual calls these saved labels “files." When created, they are given a number that you’ll need to remember when recalling them.
Several custom symbols are built into the PT-1400. These have a strong slant toward electrical symbols, but international symbols, mathematical symbols, and more are also included. There are also a number of "auto-label" templates stored in the PT-1400. These include name badges, file labels, simple signs, and bin and box labels with or without bar-codes.